My fellow, long-suffering Kathmandu valley residents! Have you heard the good news? Well, fear not if you haven’t because yours truly is going to take the trouble to summarize it all for you. Are you ready? Ok then, here we go!
I have always been fascinated by Kathmandu. It’s a city of contradictions and that’s what I like about it the most. Usually, in other countries, there are always cities that are more popular than the capital itself but Kathmandu is a city that stands out on its own.
According to the data published by Department of Transport Management (DoTM), more than four hundred thousand vehicles were registered in the last fiscal year, leaving the total number of vehicles to 3.22 million by 2017/18; 2.5 million of which are motorcycles alone.
DARCHULA, April 3: Darchula's Mahakali municipality is to be developed as an educational city. The municipality has started consultations with different stakeholders of education as part of its preparation to develop educational city from coming academic year.
The city is dusty and the traffic maddening but Kathmandu is still beautiful. There’s a lot that this city has to offer that we often end up overlooking in our rush to get to work and finish our daily chores. But then you can always put the weekend to good use. We urge you to take some time out this Saturday-Sunday to explore the city you live in and see it in a new light. Here’s how:
Palmo Ghising, 43, lives in Dimi Pokhari, Ramechap. She runs a small shop and hotel. Palmo got married at the age of 15. She has two sons and a daughter who is living in the city. She used to stay in Kathmandu. Now, she has returned to her birthplace.
48-year-old Mahi Narayan Ram is a cobbler. His roadside stall, at Sundhara, consists of a mat, shoe soles, laces, shoe polish, and a wooden box. Ram is originally from Saptari and has been working in the capital since 1985.
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Jamuna Magar, 46, is a new face in Kathmandu. She’s been living in the capital with her eldest son for only four months. She says she was married at just 14 and gave birth to her first child two years later. Magar says, “I lost many children following pregnancy-related complications.
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Gamveer Dhoj Joshi, 65, owns a money change business unit on the ground floor of the Laxmi -Narayan temple at Basantapur. He took over the job from his father, who used to occupy the same spot. He says, “Coins have always fascinated me because they carry history along with them. Furthermore, you can also learn a lot by just looking at their shape and structure.”
Sometime during the evening last week, I spotted two young men around Hanuman Dhokha . 19-year-old Manish Shrestha, an art student, was preparing his canvas, and 20-year-old Kamal Sherpa, a photography student, was clicking photos of his surroundings.
Gopal and Binda Nepali, of Naubise – Dhading, have spent the better part of their conjugal life selling Taparis near Kasthamandap. They have been running their shop in a narrow lane of Basantapur, which leads to Kastamandap, for the past 16 years.
Tilak Tharu was an ardent football player as a child. But at 19, Tharu was left immobile with a broken spine after an injury,. “My father blames football for my disability. He says it’s the reason that I am on a wheelchair” stated the 25-year-old Tharu.
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In spite of his young age, Gajendra Baitha is yet to relish the privileges of a young boy. At an early age of just eight years, he was handed with toys and candies to seek profit, to make ends meet for his family.
Currently, Tika Ram lives in Narayanghat with his spouse. “My marriage turned into the happiest story of my life. My wife helps me overcome every obstacle, and every night our family gets together for dinner.
I never thought, I would get married to my school days crush. He was one year senior to me,” remembers Devi Basnet, a 27-year-old security guard in Patan. Blushing, she mentioned how her brother-in-law used to tease her, calling her ‘bhauju’ (sister-in-law) even before the marriage.
One can find 70-year-old Keshari Maharjan working at Kriti Buddha Bihar. When she started working there some 40 years back, she was full of energy, but at present, her pace has slowed down. Currently, she’s limited only to easier tasks.
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Babu Kaji Maharjan of Balkumari, Patan, started as a farmer to make ends meet. Later, he jumped ship to the Ministry of Finance to work as a truck driver. Meanwhile, he also lent hands for the renovations of Patan Durbar Square in his prime. “I have seen a lot of changes in the people. What matters to me the most is when my grandchildren call their parents mommy and daddy instead of maa and baa,” he stated.
Sandip Tandukar (right), and Chewant Gurung are two 25-year-olds who have shared the bond of friendship since their school days. Though they parted ways after graduating from high school, their passion for cooking brought them together again.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was banned for two matches by UEFA on Monday after being found guilty of communicating with his staff despite being sent to the stands in his team’s Champions League quarter-final second-leg defeat by Liverpool.
Originally from Morang, 53-year-old Jeevan Bastola owns a garment stall in the street at Haugal, Patan. Having a brief experience as a teacher in Solukhumbu, Bastola remembers wandering around Kathmandu in hopes of finding a job.
Ganga Chitrakar, an elderly curio shop owner recalled her love story as she spoke to us on a sunny Friday afternoon. She remembered meeting her husband in Dharan, her hometown. He was a driver then and was required to travel a lot. Chitrakar blushed when she was taken back to her hay days.
Kanhaiya Mandal is a new face in Kathmandu. Here, he spends most of his time assisting his brother in his paan stall. The Dhanusha resident often recalls memories of his hometown, especially the moments he spent with his friends back home. Nonetheless, he’s also aware of his responsibilities towards his family. “I am 20 years old now.
I still remember…it was the time of the Maoist insurgency. I was on my way to Kalikot from India with my friends. The army opened fire and two gunshots hit my leg. Four of my friends were killed on the spot.